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Events - March 10
1791 - John Stone patented the pile driver on this day. Let’s all go pound on some concrete to celebrate.

1849 - Abraham Lincoln of Springfield, IL applied for a patent for a device to lift vessels over shoals by means of inflated cylinders. Lincoln received the patent in May, 1849. You thought he was just the President of the United States, didn’t you? Honest. Abe was an inventor, too!

1876 - Alexander Graham Bell sent the first clear telephone message -- into a nearby room -- to his assistant, Mr. Watson. “Mr. Watson, come here, I want you,” were the first words spoken into the invention that Bell had created.

1880 - Commissioner George Scott Railton and seven women officers of English ‘General’ William Booth’s army landed in New York on this day to officially put the Salvation Army to work in the United States.

1903 - Harry C. Gammeter of Cleveland, OH patented the multigraph duplicating machine. Why it wasn’t called the Gammeter is beyond our thought processes...

1922 - "Variety" magazine greeted readers with the front-page headline that read, “Radio Sweeping Country - 1,000,000 Sets in Use.” Today, that very headline would have also said, “Be the Twelfth Caller and Win Free Movie Tickets!”

1935 - Nelson Eddy recorded "Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life" for Victor Records. The song came from the film, "Naughty Marietta". Later, Eddy recorded the classic tune with Jeanette MacDonald.

1937 - An audience of 21,000 jitterbuggers jammed the Paramount Theatre in New York City to see a young clarinetist whom they would crown, ‘King of Swing’ on this night. The popular musician was Benny Goodman.

1938 - The day: the 10th of the month. The movies being celebrated were for the year 1937, whose numbers add up to 10 (1+9, 3+7); and it was the 10th Annual Academy Awards. We wonder if these winners were superstitious or had some reason to think that the number 10 was lucky. Two awards were won by "The Life of Emile Zola", a Warner Bros. movie, produced by Henry Blanke, Best Picture honors and Best Actor in a Supporting Role to Joseph Schildkraut. Other lucky recipients of the coveted prize awarded by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences at Los Angeles’ Biltmore Hotel were Leo McCarey as Best Director for "The Awful Truth"; Spencer Tracy for his Best Actor role (Manuel) in "Captains Courageous"; Luise Rainer for her Best Actress role (O-Lan) in "The Good Earth"; Alice Brady as the Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Molly O’Leary "In Old Chicago") and Harry Owens for his Best Music/Song, "Sweet Leilani" from "Waikiki Wedding". We give them all a ‘10’.

1941 - The Brooklyn Dodgers announced that their players would wear batting helmets during the 1941 baseball season. General Manager Larry MacPhail (he started the Dodger dynasty in the thirties) predicted that all baseball players would soon be wearing the new devices. He was right.

1948 - The first civilian to exceed the speed of soun was Herbert H. Hoover near Edwards AFB, CA.

1955 - The last broadcast of "The Silver Eagle" was heard on radio. It was said to be the last of the adventure stories on the air.

1956 - Julie Andrews was 19 years old this night when she made her American TV debut. She appeared with Bing Crosby and Nancy Olson in the musical adaptation of Maxwell Anderson’s play, "High Tor".

1959 - "Sweet Bird of Youth", a play by Tennessee Williams, opened at the Martin Beck Theatre in New York City. The play starred Geraldine Page, Paul Newman, Rip Torn and Diana Hyland. Critics called Page “fabulous” and about Newman, they said, “the perfect companion piece.”

1965 - Walter Matthau and Art Carney opened in "The Odd Couple", one of Neil Simon’s greatest theatrical triumphs. It would also become a hit on television, with Tony Randall playing the tidy Felix Ungar and Jack Klugman as slovenly sportswriter, Oscar Madison. The play opened at the Plymouth Theatre in New York City.

1969 - James Earl Ray pleaded guilty in Memphis, Tennessee, to the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. He was sentenced to 99 years in prison. He died in April 1998.

1971 - The U.S. Senate approved the Twenty Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution -- lowering the voting age to 18. The House of Representatives approved the amendment March 23, 1971. Ratification was completed on July 1, 1971.

1980 - Scarsdale Diet author Dr. Herman Tarnower was shot to death at his Purchase, New York home. Jean Harris was arrested and convicted of the crime. New York Governor Mario Cuomo granted Harris clemency and she was released from prison in 1993.

1985 - Dick Motta of the Dallas Mavericks became the fourth coach in the National Basketball Association to win 700 games in a career as the Mavs defeated the New Jersey Nets 126-113. The three other winningest coaches in NBA history to that time were: Red Auerbach (938 games), Jack Ramsey (733 games) and Gene Shue (717).

1988 - Teen idol and Bee Gees member Andy Gibb died in England of of a sudden inflammation of the heart muscle caused by a viral infection. He was 30 years old.

1992 - Former Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton became the front-runner for the Democratic U.S. presidential nomination as he won a series of Southern landslides on Super Tuesday. President George Bush (I) swept all the Republican contests.

1998 - Indonesia’s President Suharto was elected to his seventh five-year term.

2002 - Actress Irene Worth, three-time Tony winner (Tiny Alice [1964], Sweet Bird of Youth [1975], Lost in Yonkers [1991]), died of a stroke in New York City. She was 85 years old.

2006 - The U.S. Treasury Dept. reported that the February 2006 deficit of $119.2 billion had set a one-month record, citing early tax filing, hurricane aid and Medicare drug costs.

2008 - New York Governor Eliot Spitzer admitted to making cash payments from several bank accounts to an account operated by a call-girl ring.

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Birthdays - March 10
1628 - Marcello Malpighi (physician: pioneer in working with the microscope; died Nov 30, 1694)

1888 - Barry Fitzgerald (William Joseph Shields) (Academy Award-winning [supporting] actor: Going My Way [1944]; Bringing Up Baby, How Green Was My Valley, The Quiet Man; died Jan 14, 1961)

1892 - Arthur Honegger (composer: film scores: Crime and Punishment; died Nov 27, 1955)

1903 - (Leon) Bix Beiderbecke (‘young man with a horn’: jazz cornetist: groups: Wolverine Orchestra: Fidgety Feet, Jazz Me Blues; Bix Beiderbecke and His Rhythm Jugglers: Davenport Blues; Charlie Straight Orchestra; Breeze Blowers; Jean Goldkette Orchestra; Frankie Trumbauer and his Orchestra: Singin’ the Blues, Clarinet Marmalade, Clementine; Bix Beiderbecke and His Gang: At the Jazz Band Ball, Royal Garden Blues; Adrian Rollini and the New Yorkers; Paul Whiteman Orchestra: From Monday On, China Boy, Oh, Miss Hannah; jazz pianist: In A Mist, Candlelights, Flashes, In the Dark; died Aug 6, 1931)

1914 - Chandler Harper (golf champion: PGA [1950], 20 PGA Tour victories in 1940s and 1950s; PGA Seniors Championship [1968]; died Nov 8, 2004)

1916 - Pamela Mason (Ostrer) (writer; actress: Charade, Navy vs. the Night Monsters; died June 29, 1996)

1918 - Heywood Hale Broun (sportscaster: ABC Sports; son of U.S. journalist Heywoood Broun [1888-1939]; died Sep 5, 2001)

1920 - Jethro (Kenneth C. Burns) (entertainer, musician: mandolin, banjo: Homer & Jethro: The Battle of Kookamonga, Don’t Let the Stars Get in Your Eyeballs; died Feb 4, 1989)

1923 - Don Abney (jazz pianist, studio musician; died Jan 20, 2000)

1937 - Joe Viterelli (actor: Analyze This/That, Serving Sara, Shallow Hal, See Spot Run, A Walk in the Park, Mickey Blue Eyes, Jane Austen’s Mafia!; died Jan 28, 2004)

1940 - Leroy Ellis (basketball: St. John’s, Baltimore Bullets, Portland Trail Blazers, LA Lakers, Philadelphia 76ers; died Jun 2, 2012)

1940 - David Rabe (playwright: Streamers, Casualties of War, I’m Dancing as Fast as I Can)

1940 - Dean Torrence (singer: group: Jan & Dean: The Little Old Lady [From Pasadena], Dead Man’s Curve, Surf City, Honolulu Lulu)

1940 - Chuck (Carlos Ray) Norris (karate champion, actor: Code of Silence, Delta Force, Forced Vengeance, Lone Wolf McQuade, Missing in Action, Walker, Texas Ranger)

1941 - Sandra Palmer (golf champion: U.S. Open [1975])

1942 - Bob Berry (football: Minnesota Vikings quarter back: Super Bowl VIII, IX, XI)

1944 - Johnny (John Edward) Briggs (baseball: Philadelphia Phillies, Milwaukee Brewers, Minnesota Twins)

1945 - Katharine Houghton (Grant) (actress: Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, Billy Bathgate, The Night We Never Met; niece of actress Katharine Hepburn)

1947 - Tom Scholz (musician: guitar, keyboards, singer: group: Boston: More than a Feeling, Long Time, Peace of Mind, Don’t Look Back, Man I’ll Never Be, Amanda)

1948 - Austin Carr (basketball: Notre Dame All-American Guard and Player of the Year [1971]; Cleveland Cavaliers)

1948 - Wayne (Lee) Twitchell (baseball: pitcher: Milwaukee Brewers, Philadelphia Phillies [all-star: 1973], Montreal Expos, NY Mets, Seattle Mariners; died Sep 16, 2010)

1955 - Bunny DeBarge (singer: group: DeBarge: Time Will Reveal, I Like It; solo: Save the Best for Me [Best of Your Lovin’], So Good for You, A Woman In Love, Let’s Spend the Night, I Still Believe)

1958 - Sharon Stone (actress: Last Dance, Casino, The Specialist, Basic Instinct, Total Recall, War & Remembrance series, Above the Law, Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol, Allan Quartermain and the Lost City of Gold, King Solomon’s Mines, Calendar Girl Murders, Deadly Blessing, The Bay City Blues)

1964 - Neneh Cherry (Neneh Mariann Karlsson) (songwriter, rap singer: groups: Rip Rig + Panic, The Slits; solo: Buffalo Stance, LPs: Homebrew, Nearly God, Raw Like Sushi, Man, Woman; British Music Awards: Best Single, Best Female Vocalist [1990], Best Video [Woman: 1996]; World Music Awards: Best African Single [7 Seconds: 1995])

1964 - Prince Edward (Edward Antony Richard Louis) (royalty: Earl of Wessex and Viscount Severn: son and youngest child of Great Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh)

1964 - Jasmine Guy (actress: A Different World, America’s Dream, A Century of Women, Runaway, Harlem Nights, School Daze)

1966 - Mike Timlin (baseball [pitcher]: Southwestern Univ; Toronto Blue Jays, Seattle Mariners, Baltimore Orioles, St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies, Boston Red Sox)

1969 - Paget Brewster (actress: Criminal Minds, Sublime, Unaccompanied Minors, Lost Behind Bars, Eulogy, Hollywood Palms, Max Q)

1971 - Jon Hamm (actor: Mad Men, Sucker Punch, Howl, The Ten, We Were Soldiers, Space Cowboys)

1972 - Matt Kenseth (pro stock car racing driver: Coca-Cola 600 [2000], Winston Cup Series [2003], IROC [2004], Daytona 500 [2009, 2012])

1977 - Robin Thicke (musician: piano, guitar, saxophone; songwriter, singer: Sex Therapy, Lost Without U, Love After War, The Sweetest Love, It’s in the Mornin’)

1983 - Carrie Underwood (singer: Inside Your Heaven, Jesus, Take the Wheel, Some Hearts, Wasted, Don’t Forget to Remember Me, The Night Before [Life Goes On]; more)

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Chart Toppers - March 10
1949
Far Away Places - Margaret Whiting
Powder Your Face with Sunshine - Evelyn Knight
Galway Bay - Bing Crosby
Don’t Rob Another Man’s Castle - Eddy Arnold

1957
Young Love - Tab Hunter
Young Love - Sonny James
Round and Round - Perry Como
There You Go - Johnny Cash

1965
My Girl - The Temptations
The Jolly Green Giant - The Kingsmen
Eight Days a Week - The Beatles
I’ve Got a Tiger by the Tail - Buck Owens

1973
Killing Me Softly with His Song - Roberta Flack
Dueling Banjos - Eric Weissberg & Steve Mandell
Love Train - O’Jays
’Till I Get It Right - Tammy Wynette

1981
I Love a Rainy Night - Eddie Rabbitt
9 to 5 - Dolly Parton
Keep on Loving You - REO Speedwagon
Do You Love as Good as You Look - The Bellamy Brothers

1989
Lost in Your Eyes - Debbie Gibson
The Lover in Me - Sheena Easton
The Living Years - Mike & The Mechanics
I Still Believe in You - The Desert Rose Band

Those were the days, my friend. We thought they’d never end...


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